For parents at Miraloma Elementary School in San Francisco, the quest for academic achievement means getting their hands dirty.
On a cold, foggy Wednesday morning recently, seven parents huddled around an outdoor table scrubbing stalks of organic celery for snack time. They had just finished cleaning and portioning a mound of Gala apples. Inside, three vacuum cleaners stood sentry in the hallway, at the ready for parents to tidy classroom carpets.
“You need to pick up where the state falls off,” said Rossana Rossetto, the mother of a first grader.
Welcome to the New Math of education: chores equal scores.
Friday, October 1, 2010
NY Times: Where Manual Labor Is the Price of Academic Excellence
This from today's NY Times:
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